Now You Can Stay in a Hello Kitty Mini-Hotel on Wheels
When life hands you a bunch of abandoned buses, what do you do? In northern China, the owners of Tai Tai Mountain Park, in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, turned 30 outdated vehicles into a resort full of cartoon-themed mini-hotels on wheels.
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Refurbishing some 30 buses to create a mini-hotel park was a costly and time-consuming effort according to Tai Tai Mountain Park president, Guolin Han. Each upcycled bus cost more than $9,000 to renovate, and just getting the park up and running commanded years of work. But since launching in May, all of Han’s efforts have been rewarded with a steady stream of guests filtering through the park for its quirky design and proximity to tourist hotspots in Shanxi Province’s capital.
All of the units include your basic kitchenette, TV, AC, bathroom, and bed set up. But the real Tai Tai Mountain twist comes in the form of novelty extras like manga and Disney character dish sets, throw pillows, and oversized stuffed animals. A night in a Mickey Mouse- or Hello Kitty-themed bus runs guests about $43 USD.
While the resort is currently aiming to gut-renovate 200 buses, they’re also looking into tractors and planes. So if you weren’t quite sold on a bus, but are totally into more exotic recreational vehicles – stay tuned.
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